Monday — October 7, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the New York Times profiles Dr. Janet Kavandi and how she’s paved the way for other women astronauts, SkyOp inks deal to brings its drone STEM curriculum to New York public schools, Indiana schools launch esports network, Google expands its IT certificates to 100 community colleges, and a McGraw Hill white paper highlights the potential of adaptive …


Friday — October 4, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s #MFGDay19 Edition of STEMdaily, Discovery Education takes students on a virtual field trip of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Tennessee, BHEF receives an NSF grants to create re-skilling & up-skilling partnerships, a study finds mentoring new teachers can save school districts up to $1M over 5 years, and WIRED asks why so little progress has been made since …


This year’s SN 10 enjoy the journey, not just the discovery (Science News)

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After nearly four years of painstaking work, in 1902 Marie Curie produced one-tenth of a gram of radium chloride from several tons of uranium ore. It took her another eight years to isolate pure radium. The effort won her a second Nobel Prize and cemented her legacy as one of science’s most tenacious minds. “One never notices what has been …


Thursday — October 3, 2019

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In today’s STEMdaily, Science News releases its annual SN10 list spotlighting early and mid-career scientists already making a big difference, a study by career site Handshake finds more women – and some without STEM degrees – are applying to tech jobs each year, the Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub released a documentary on Jacksonville’s Channel 4, and Sinclair Community College in …


America is Changing and So Are We: Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives by the Life Insurance Industry (IMPACT)

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America is becoming more diverse every day. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that our nation will become “majority minority” by 2045. As society and work change, life insurers are committed to empowering all Americans with the information and tools they need to succeed in their financial futures. Building a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the wide variety of communities we serve is critical …


SkyOp LLC Inks Deal to Bring Its Drone Training STEM Curriculum to Local School Districts (SkyOp)

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SkyOp LLC, developer of industry-leading drone training courseware, announced that it has been awarded a cooperative purchasing contract to make its customizable SkyOp Drone Training Curriculum available to local school districts through the New York Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Under the state-wide agreement, SkyOp will deliver its proprietary workforce-development STEM curriculum directly to local districts while the BOCES will provide support and …


An Astronaut Who Built Paths to Space for Other Women (New York Times)

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Every time an astronaut puts on an American spacesuit to conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, they pass through a portal installed in part by Janet Kavandi. It isn’t the only thing the former astronaut did that changed the work of her successors in space. After three missions to orbit, Dr. Kavandi moved into NASA administration, eventually overseeing …


JPMorgan Chase is giving $1M to Columbus State to bolster the region’s tech pipeline (Columbus Business First)

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. will give Columbus State Community College $1 million to boost Central Ohio’s pipeline of technology workers, the entities announced Wednesday. The money will help Columbus State invest in staffing and infrastructure to scale up several employer-driven initiatives at the institution, including expanding employer-sponsored IT certificates. It also will help Columbus State “create courses and resources to align with the …


Wednesday — October 2, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) is now conducting on-site inspections for STEM OPT Employment, HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions may be losing funding due to Congressional gridlock, Compton Unified is launching an e-sports tournament for high school students with the LA Chargers, and Lone Star College and UT-Austin unveil petroleum engineering partnership. …


Five Years of Tech Diversity Reports—and Little Progress (WIRED)

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It’s been five years since Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft first released diversity reports, revealing the companies’ workforces were overwhelmingly white or Asian men. Five years since Facebook first acknowledged it had “more work to do—a lot more,” and CEO Tim Cook wrote Apple employees a letter promising the company would be “as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing products.” Since …


American companies have a hiring problem (Quartz)

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Seemingly endemic skills gaps now touch nearly every facet of our labor market, as the specter of mass technological unemployment looms large. And yet the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks the U.S. second-to-last among 29 developed nations in investing in taxpayer-funded training. The challenge is not simply a lack of funding. Nor is it an education infrastructure that …


A “Heads Up” for U.S. Employers of STEM Optional Practical Training Workers: ICE Starts Conducting On-Site Inspections for STEM OPT Employment (JD Supra)

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The STEM OPT program allows foreign students who have graduated from a U.S. STEM-degree program to gain paid, on-the-job “Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) that supplements and directly relates to the knowledge and skills gained in their academic studies. In order to engage in post-graduation practical training, foreign students must select an appropriate STEM employer who agrees to provide them with …


Nevada launches new license plate to support STEM education (statescoop)

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Nevadans with a special interest in advancing STEM education have a new way to support the cause. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles released a new specialized license plate on Tuesday the proceeds of which will go toward supporting nonprofit organizations that attempt to interest and train more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new plate features a …


Tuesday — October 1, 2019 STEMdaily

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If the first STEMdaily of October 2019, the United States Mint will memorialize teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe with a silver dollar coin, EdSurge profiles how the REC Foundation has increased girls participating in VEX Robotics through its Girl Powered program, Achieve releases a framework to evaluate cognitive complexity in science assignments, MIND Research Institute’s ST Math program to be …


U.S. Department of Education awards $123M in grants promoting STEM innovation (Education Dive)

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The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Friday announced $123 million in new grant funds distributed to 41 school districts, nonprofits and state educational agencies, according to a U.S. Department of Education press release. Awarded states received anywhere between $1.4 and $8.6 million to fund innovative programs meant to improve academic achievement for high-need students. Of the grant money, $30 million …


Monday — September 30, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the U.S. Department of Education announces $123M in new grant funds to support STEM and computer science education, Samsung launches the 10th year of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest in Capitol Hill event, Kendrick Castillo Memorial FIRST Robotics Tournament honors the school shooting victim, and the University of Kansas plans to cut its STEM Teaching Center …


How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots) (EdSurge)

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Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce today but hold only a quarter of the science and engineering jobs. With careers of the future heavily concentrated in STEM fields, it’s unacceptable for women to be left out of the space. Not only do employers need to have the largest possible pool of qualified STEM workers to succeed, business …


The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open (Society4Science)

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The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open! Deadline: November 13, 2019 at 8pm Eastern Time The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors, providing an important forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. Alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and …


Friday — September 27, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Walmart is expanding its Live Better U tuition benefit that offers its 1.5M employees access to online programs with partner universities for $1-a-day degrees and career diplomas in health-related fields, tech industry group Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) pens letter to Congress about facial recognition software, the U.S. Air Force gives 4-H a $150K grant to expand participation …


Who can make sense of the U.S.’s 738,000 credentials? (edscoop)

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A recent study found there are more than 738,000 unique postsecondary and secondary credential opportunities in the United States. But this massive credential landscape proves difficult for employers and students to navigate without reliable data on programs’ relevance or a standard way to map them onto various career paths. According to the report, written by Credential Engine, a nonprofit group for raising …